After all the injuries, here are the players to target on your fantasy football waiver wire



If you made it through Sunday without an injury to one of your fantasy football players, congratulations: you are blessed. Because it seemed as if we couldn't go one minute before another injury alert to a semi-prominent skill-position player popped up on the screen Sunday. Here's the ugly rundown.

NOTE: The extent of most of these injuries has yet to be revealed, so it's probably best to consider all of these players questionable for Week 3, for now.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Peterson was wearing a knee brace and using crutches following Minnesota's win over the Packers on Sunday night. Coach Mike Zimmer said it looked as if Peterson had avoided major structural damage and that the injury had "calmed down" after the game, but we won't know for sure until Peterson has an MRI exam on Monday.

You're replacing him with: Jerick McKinnon and/or Matt Asiata. McKinnon could be available on the waiver wire in your league and seems likely to get the bulk of the carries should Peterson miss time. Asiata, who is almost definitely available in your league, had six carries for 14 yards on Sunday night, with 12 coming on one play.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: Stewart had just five carries against the 49ers on Sunday before leaving with a hamstring injury. Coach Ron Rivera said after the game that he's "a little bit" concerned about Stewart's status going forward.

You're replacing him with: Fozzy Whitaker and/or Cameron Artis-Payne. Whitaker had the first 100-yard game of his career on Sunday, but Rivera seemed to indicate that he's leaning toward replacing Stewart with Artis-Payne, a second-year pro who wasn't on the active roster against San Francisco. Artis-Payne had 45 carries for 183 yards and a score in his rookie season last year.

"If Jonathan's [injury] is prolonged," Rivera said, "then we certainly will get an opportunity to see Cameron Artis-Payne out there which I'm pretty excited about because he is a heck of a young football player.

"We have been trying to find ways to get the young man active, and because of what we have to do on special teams and all that, we haven't had the chance to put him active. I have no qualms with having him ready to roll."

Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins: Foster's return from an injury-shortened 2015 season lasted just six quarters before he went down Sunday with a groin injury. The extent of Foster's injury isn't yet known, but Coach Adam Gase said Sunday that the team's medical staff knew it was serious right away.

You're replacing him with: Jay Ajayi and/or Kenyan Drake. Ajayi has been in Gase's doghouse for a while now and was left off the team's active roster in Week 1 as a healthy scratch. He played in Week 2 against the Patriots, gaining 14 yards on five carries while also catching four passes for 31 yards. Drake, a rookie, scored his first career touchdown on Sunday and could be worth monitoring.

Doug Martin, RB, Bucs: Muscle Hamster suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter against the Cardinals.

You're replacing him with: Charles Sims. Chances are, Sims is probably owned in your fantasy league already, especially in PPR leagues. He didn't do too much replacing Martin on Sunday, but neither did the Bucs' offense as a whole.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions: The Lions say Abdullah has a foot injury, and he was spotted after the game in a walking boot with a limp. That doesn't sound good.

You're replacing him with: Theo Riddick, who like Sims is most likely owned already in your league. It could be sell-high time for him on the trade market.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers: Woodhead was carted off the field Sunday with what looked to be a serious knee injury. He'll have an MRI exam on Monday.

You're replacing him with: Replacing a dual-threat guy like Woodhead won't be easy. Expect to see Melvin Gordon carry more of the load (he had his first 100-yard game of his career on Sunday), but Gordon almost certainly is owned already in your league. You could look into taking a flier on Kenneth Farrow, who had four carries for 13 yards late in San Diego's blowout win, the first game action of his career. But Gordon's the guy now.


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